Case against Ducati aerodynamic devices referred to MotoGP Court of Appeal

2019-03-13 16:01
VisitQatar Grand Prix – Doha (Qatar), 10 March

Following the MotoGP Race of the VisitQatar Grand Prix on 10 March, the FIM MotoGP
Stewards Panel composed by Freddy Spencer (IRTA-USA), Bill Cumbow (FIM–USA) and Ralf
Bohnhorst (FIM-GER) received protests from Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, Red Bull KTM
Factory Racing, Repsol Honda Team and Team Suzuki Ecstar.
The protests concerned aerodynamic devices on the rear swingarm of Ducati motorcycles
driven by Andrea Dovizioso & Danilo Petrucci (Team Mission Winnow Ducati) and Jack
Miller (Alma Pramac Racing). The FIM MotoGP Stewards Panel rejected their protests.
The Teams then lodged an appeal with the FIM Appeal Stewards consisting of FIM Steward
Stuart Higgs (GBR) and a second appeal Steward Cesario Samarita (PHI), appointed by the
Qatar Motorcycle Federation (QMMF). In accordance with article of the FIM World
Championship Grand Prix Regulations, the FIM Appeal Stewards referred the case to the
MotoGP Court of Appeal.
The MotoGP Court of Appeal is made up of three judges belonging to the FIM
International Commission of Judges. A hearing will be organised shortly with
representatives from the teams concerned.
The decision of the MotoGP Court of Appeal will be announced before the Argentinian
Grand Prix on 31 March.
The result of the VisitQatar Grand Prix stands, subject to the final decision of the MotoGP
Court of Appeal.
The FIM will not comment any further at this time.

About the FIM (
The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) founded in 1904, is the governing body for motorcycle
sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. The FIM is an independent association formed by 111
National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle
sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main
events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and
Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road
safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to
impose an Environmental Code in 1994.

Source: Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup

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